Thanksgiving, Christmas Food Baskets & Food Assistance in Tennessee

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Thanksgiving is more than just a holiday full of turkey and pies; it’s a time to be thankful and to share with others. Some families in Tennessee might only have a feast on their table with some help. That’s where Thanksgiving food baskets come in, packed with all the goodies for a proper holiday meal.

Why Thanksgiving Food Baskets?

Thanksgiving baskets are a way of telling your neighbor, I care about you. Imagine sitting at a table with nothing to feed your family.  That’s the beauty of Thanksgiving food baskets. They’re not just about the food; they’re about bringing a little joy into the lives of those experiencing financial challenges.

Getting a Thanksgiving Basket

It is the most amazing feeling when you receive a food basket!  One moment, you were thinking of pizza for Thanksgiving, and now you can see yourself sitting down to dinner with family, laughing and celebrating!  Many lower-income families have been helped, and the tradition continues.  Excited?  If your family needs a little boost this Thanksgiving. Here are some places in Tennessee that are ready to lend a hand:

Local Food Banks and Pantries

  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee: Call them at 615-329-3491.
  • Mid-South Food Bank in Memphis: Their number is 901-527-0841.
  • Chattanooga Area Food Bank: Reach out at 423-622-1800.

These food banks and pantries give out food to families once a month.  Contact them if you want to be considered for a Thanksgiving food basket with a turkey and the fixings.  When turkeys run out you may get a chicken instead. They may also have toiletries, diapers, or even pet food.  Ask.

Community Centers and Religious Organizations

Churches and groups all over Tennessee offer Thanksgiving programs. The community is one of the best places to get information about upcoming events in the neighborhood. Drop by your local community center or place of worship and ask about food basket sign-ups.

Government and Social Service Programs

The Tennessee Department of Human Services has initiatives to help during the holidays. If you receive government assistance, ask a social worker where you can get help with a food basket.  Make sure to ask if a referral is necessary to take with you when you go to the food bank.  Check out their website or call your local office for details.

It’s best to call ahead for information on applying for a Thanksgiving food basket, the eligibility requirements, and how you can volunteer or donate. Many of these organizations also offer other forms of assistance. They can guide you through their various services.

Churches and Charities that Give Away Thanksgiving Food Baskets

Here’s a list of churches and charities in Tennessee that have been known to offer Thanksgiving food baskets to those in need, along with their contact numbers. Contacting these organizations is essential to get current information regarding their Thanksgiving programs, as offerings and availability can change yearly.

Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA)

  • Memphis, TN
  • Phone: (901) 527-0208

Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee

  • Knoxville, TN
  • Phone: (865) 521-0000

Mid-South Food Bank

  • Memphis, TN
  • Phone: (901) 527-0841

Nashville Rescue Mission

  • Nashville, TN
  • Phone: (615) 255-2475

Chattanooga Area Food Bank

  • Chattanooga, TN
  • Phone: (423) 622-1800

Community Food Advocates

  • Nashville, TN
  • Phone: (615) 385-2286

Love’s Arm

  • Chattanooga, TN
  • Phone: (423) 580-4848

Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries

  • Knoxville, TN
  • Phone: (865) 673-6540

Hope Clinic for Women

  • Nashville, TN
  • Phone: (615) 321-0005

GraceWorks Ministries

  • Franklin, TN
  • Phone: (615) 794-9055

Churches that Give Food Baskets or Meal Assistance

Bellevue Baptist Church

  • Cordova, TN
  • Phone: (901) 347-2000

World Outreach Church

  • Murfreesboro, TN
  • Phone: (615) 896-4515

First Baptist Church

  • Nashville, TN
  • Phone: (615) 664-6000

Brentwood Baptist Church

  • Brentwood, TN
  • Phone: (615) 324-6100

Redemption Point Church

  • Ooltewah, TN
  • Phone: (423) 894-0700

Calvary Chapel

  • Chattanooga, TN
  • Phone: (423) 752-0004

Hope Church

  • Memphis, TN
  • Phone: (901) 507-1920

Cornerstone Church

  • Nashville, TN
  • Phone: (615) 865-6655

Faith Promise Church

  • Knoxville, TN (Multiple Locations)
  • Phone: (865) 251-2590

The Village Chapel

  • Nashville, TN
  • Phone: (615) 297-4747


Food banks often need extra hands around Thanksgiving. It’s a great way to give back and feel good.  If you want to give back, please consider volunteering with one of these agencies.  They can use as many hands as possible.

Special Programs for Specific Groups

There are programs for veterans, seniors, and kids too. Local farms and CSA programs might also offer fresh baskets for purchase or donation.

How to Donate or Request a Food Basket of Food

Asking for a Basket

  • If you hope to receive a basket, applying early and ensuring your paperwork is ready is important.
  • Let them know how many you have in the family.  Remember, they may have toiletries, diapers, pet food, etc.  So, be clear about what you need when you ask for help.

Giving a Food Basket

  • When I pick out canned goods to donate, I also buy the same items I would buy for my own family. Choose nutritious and non-perishable items.
  • Check with the food bank before purchasing perishables.  For safety, they may only receive perishable items from known sources.   

Beyond Thanksgiving

Remember, food banks need help all year round. Why not make giving back a part of your monthly routine?


As Thanksgiving approaches, let’s remember it’s about giving as much as gratitude. Whether you’re giving or receiving a basket, you’re part of a community that cares.


Call any of the above numbers for more information or to get involved. Happy Thanksgiving, and let’s make sure everyone in Tennessee has something to be thankful for this year!


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